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Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 3:10 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson



Everyone knows that Ravens-Steelers games are a different (read: more violent) brand of football and that was exactly the case on Sunday night, when Baltimore snuck out a win in Pittsburgh. Ray Lewis and Ryan Clark delivered the most notable hits of the evening -- Lewis knocked Hines Ward with a clear helmet-to-helmet hit but wasn't flagged, while Clark picked up a 15-yard penalty for a hit on Ed Dickson.

Tuesday, Ryan Wilson told you to expect fines for both guys, and on Wednesday, they came down from the league. Lewis was fined $20,000 for his hit on Ward and Clark was fined $40,000 by the NFL for his hit on Dickson. Clark is especially unhappy about it.

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"The hit wasn't malicious at all," Clark said, per Will Graves of the Associated Press. "i know how to knock somebody out if i want to knock them out. Am I supposed to let him catch it and then wait for him and hug him? Should I throw a pillow at him? Should I blow a whistle?"

And the Steelers safety had some choice words for Commissioner Roger Goodell as well.

"Somebody else needs to step in ... not that I respected Roger before this ... but this is ridiculous," Clark said. "I'm not going to sit across from [the Commissioner] unless they handcuff me. which is probably the next step anyway."

Lewis wasn't happy either, but had less aggressive words for the league office.

"Yeah, I heard from the league and like I said they fined me whatever they was going to fine me," Lewis said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "The thing is you definitely respect them trying to protect player safety. At the same time, it won't change not one way I play this week no matter what the fine is. You can't stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. When the receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball. You never want to hurt nobody.

"I've been in this business too long. I just think once you start getting into these fines I don't know how they come up with the numbers most of the time."

Well, actually, the NFL has a pretty standardized system for fines, though there is some confusion about the application. A fine for a hit on a defenseless player or impermissible use of a helmet (including illegal launching) is $20,000, which explains Lewis' fine.

And a repeat-offender fine is $40,000, which is why Clark, who's been targeted more than once by the NFL, got double what Lewis did, even though the safety claims the hit wasn't against league rules.

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Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Murderer Lewis fine was what, half?  Penalized how many yards?  Yep.... ZERO!  Baltimore had 3 penalties for 20 yards and Pittsburgh had 6 for 70.... half a football field, in Pittsburgh.  Lost with 8 seconds left by 3.  Hmmmmm Refs apparently took the dog in that one

Didnt know the refs were covering Torrey Smith! That ref got burnt twice!



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

I admit I hate the Ravens for their classless coach, QB, fans, owner and their criminal element(Lewis & Suggs). I admit I hate the Cheatriots for obvious reasons. But all you haters of me, remember this is football, and our game is being turned into flag football right before our eyes. At least if the fines were even, it be easier to take. Even if the refs Sunday night would not have been so blatant in their favoritism for the Ravens, we are losing the game to folks like Tom Brady, Roger Goodell and the other babies of the world. America used to be tough, hard and the king. We are now soft, lazy and whimpish. It is sad, that idiots like Roger Goodell are allowed to make rules in our great country. Our country is in the crapper, there are no jobs, no one in DC can get anythign done, we export our work, and get screwed on the imports, and we have always had sports for our escape, but now that is being ruined by Goodell. He is afraid of a lawsuit fine - we get it. But play fair. Quit promoing the likes of Brady & Lewis - both human feces, and quit allowing the bad guys to win via unfair officials and your offensive decisions. NFL fans need to stand up and make a statement,.

Yep the Steelers are a team full of standup guys! Go ask law enforcement in Millageville, GA just how stand up some of them are! Wah Wah Wah!!! Somebody give this guy a tissue!



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

big fan of the Chinese ping pong team as well, i am sure.  

LMAO


Do not taunt happy fun ball!



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Murderer Lewis fine was what, half?  Penalized how many yards?  Yep.... ZERO!  Baltimore had 3 penalties for 20 yards and Pittsburgh had 6 for 70.... half a football field, in Pittsburgh.  Lost with 8 seconds left by 3.  Hmmmmm Refs apparently took the dog in that one.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

GGGGGRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!


You have angered the Steelers, Lakers, Braves fan! 

Watch yo step sucka!


wow.


big fan of the Chinese ping pong team as well, i am sure.  



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Steeler fans are crying worse than they did after they were destroyed Week 1. Let it go! You have Cincy in 4 days! You dont have to worry about the Ravens anymore unless they meet in the postseason! Stop blaming Roger Godell! He wasnt playing defense in the final 2 minutes and he wasnt defending Torrey Smith!



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

I'm about done with the NFL too...  It may as well be two hand touch.  Every passing play now somebody is call for a flag.  How about this?  GET RID OF PASS INTERFERENCE (keep holding penalties though).  If a Wide Receiver can't get seperation, then he doesn't deserve the call ANYWAY.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Pretty easy to hide beind those words. Bring it.
GGGGGRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!


You have angered the Steelers, Lakers, Braves fan!

Watch yo step sucka!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

I admit I hate the Ravens for their classless coach, QB, fans, owner and their criminal element(Lewis & Suggs). I admit I hate the Cheatriots for obvious reasons. But all you haters of me, remember this is football, and our game is being turned into flag football right before our eyes. At least if the fines were even, it be easier to take. Even if the refs Sunday night would not have been so blatant in their favoritism for the Ravens, we are losing the game to folks like Tom Brady, Roger Goodell and the other babies of the world. America used to be tough, hard and the king. We are now soft, lazy and whimpish. It is sad, that idiots like Roger Goodell are allowed to make rules in our great country. Our country is in the crapper, there are no jobs, no one in DC can get anythign done, we export our work, and get screwed on the imports, and we have always had sports for our escape, but now that is being ruined by Goodell. He is afraid of a lawsuit fine - we get it. But play fair. Quit promoing the likes of Brady & Lewis - both human feces, and quit allowing the bad guys to win via unfair officials and your offensive decisions. NFL fans need to stand up and make a statement,.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Pretty easy to hide beind those words. Bring it.



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